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      Keeping your house fire proof this holiday season

      The holiday season is officially here which means Christmas trees will be lighting up in homes across the Heartland.

      With that, the Macon Fire Department wants to remind everyone that Christmas trees can be a big fire hazard and that fire can spread quickly.

      Always make sure your tree has the required amount of water and check it everyday to make sure it is not brittle or dry.

      It is also good to check your tree lights to make sure they don't cause a spark.

      "Make sure you check them to make sure they are not frayed or broken, no shorts on the wire, all the the bulbs are intact. If you're going to replace the bulbs, unplug the light strand. Try not use more than three strands at once on one plug to prevent overheating of an outlet. Don't use extension cords," said Macon Fire Department Captain Jeff Skjeveland.

      Don't forget to keep candles away from the trees and if you are going to be out of your home, make sure everything is turned off. Also, make sure your smoke detectors are in working condition.